THE FBI SWATTING AND ARREST OF A CATHOLIC PRO-LIFE LEADER SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE PRO-LIFE COMMUNITY: THE GOVERNMENT WANTS US TO BE SILENT. HOW WILL WE RESPOND?

The FBI swatting and arrest of a Catholic pro-life leader sent a clear message to the pro-life community: the government wants us to be silent. How will we respond?

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SEEING THE HOLY MASS WITH BENEDICTINE EYES

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Seeing Holy Mass with Benedictine Eyes

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Our Lord in His generosity has given the Church many wonderful “schools of spirituality” nurtured within the great religious orders. While ultimately all of these schools are in harmony with each other (otherwise they could not be considered Catholic!), each one approaches the spiritual life, the virtues, the practice of the Faith, devotions, apostolate, etc., with different emphases and accents.

It could be said that each of these schools has something essential to teach us about our spiritual life and indeed about the Mass itself. In this series, I will offer a sort of running commentary on the parts and aims of the Holy Mass as its different aspects resonate in different schools of spirituality: Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit. Do not expect a full summary of a given school of spirituality; that would take an entire volume and has been done already by saintly religious who are more qualified to do it than I am. Here my purpose is more modest: to illuminate the Mass from five different angles, showing how it can be seen as a prism through which the white light of Christ bursts forth into the spectrum of all the different schools.

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We begin, then, with the Benedictines.

The unofficial motto of the Order of Saint Benedict is ora et labora. This is a rule for the whole of life. Benedictines faithful to their Rule are well-known for the beautiful balance of their lives: they know how to balance work and prayer, the bodily and the spiritual, the manual and the intellectual, the exterior and the interior; they know how to balance the individual and the social, as well. Prayer is like breathing in, taking in God’s grace; and work is like breathing out, using the gifts He gives us to build His kingdom in the world. Ora et labora. Or like the pulse of our circulatory system: the blood returns to the heart to be oxygen­ated, and is then pumped out into the rest of the body, to bring the oxygen where it’s needed. Saint Pio of Pietrelcina once remarked: “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.” We, too, in our souls, need to return to the heart, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to be renewed by His grace; and when this has happened, we are then able to be sent forth to the rest of the members of His Mystical Body, to serve their needs.

Ora et labora. We give ourselves to God, in the Mass, in public prayer, in private prayer; and He gives us the strength to go out and work. And we find that the more earnestly we strive to serve Him in everything we do, the more eagerly we come back to prayer, to the fountain of life, because we see how much we need His help to do great things.

Even the Mass follows this principle. We are praying in our spirit, but we are also working with our senses and our limbs: we stand, we sit, we kneel; we make gestures; we sing, speak, and fall silent. Why do we do all these things? Over and above the symbolism of particular words and actions, there is a general reason: when we worship we are not altogether passive, we are active: we put our muscles and vocal cords into it, as a way of giving ourselves, body and soul, to the Lord.

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But neither are we activists who think that worship is all about saying and doing stuff. The very bestactivity we have as human beings is our receptivity to God’s grace, and that is actually the most important thing in our participation at Mass: not what we do externally, but what we do internally, or what we allow to be done to us. The external gestures and words are to initiate, guide, and strengthen our internal reception of the graces God wants to give us. Once again, see the wisdom of the Benedictines. They do not say Labora et ora, work first and then pray, but Ora et labora: fix your mind on the Lord, and then go about your work—even the “work” of the Church’s liturgy, the opus Dei.

In the structuring of human life there are two main errors to be avoided, and each involves exalting one side of the balance to the detriment of the other. There is prayer without work: we call this quietism, the view that one should abandon oneself to God in such a way that one needs to do nothing else and be concerned with no one else: there is, in effect, no work to be done. And then there is work without prayer: we could call this activism—as if the most important thing we need to be doing is working “out there in the world” to solve its problems. This attitude, of course, is far more common in our day and age than the opposite one. When’s the last time you met a quietist? But activists are a dime a dozen.

Saint Benedict calmly reminds us: Ora—et labora: Pray first, then work. Go to Mass, then resume your daily business, whatever it may be. Do not put even important matters before the unum necessarium, “the one thing necessary.” Notice the wisdom of the monks and nuns. They limit whatever work they must do to set periods of time each day, so that their work never interferes with their prayer. They build up sacred walls around the prayer times and make sure they are inside those walls at the appropriate hour. Like a fortress or a citadel, this refuge cannot be destroyed. “Let nothing take precedence over the work of God,” says the Rule. It seems that in the Church today, churchmen let almost anything take precedence over it. This is a grave disorder.

The holy saint of Norcia always refers to the liturgy as “the work of God,” opus Dei. He calls it this for two reasons: first, because it is really more properly God’s work; we are putting ourselves in a position to let Him work in us. As Jesus says in John’s Gospel: “My Father worketh even until now, and I work.” He is the potter, we are the clay. If the clay isn’t on the wheel or in the potter’s hands, it won’t get shaped. Saint Benedict also means that it is our work for God: by giving of our time, our thoughts, our desires, we show Him that He is first in our lives. We give Him our mind, our voice, our song, our silence, our full-bodied and soulful adoration. This is what we will be doing in heaven, where we say we hope to go—so we had better start practicing it here on earth, or else getting into shape will be a bumpy climb through the circles of purgatory for us!

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Our spiritual life is by far the most important thing for us to take care of, no matter where we are or what we are doing in our lives. If we had piercing intellects like the angels, we would see this very clearly; as it is, we are rather foolish, and we are constantly tempted to put second things first, and put first things off. At the end of the day—at the end of each day, when we examine our consciences—the number one question has to be: Have I drawn close to the Lord today? Have I prayed? Have I given myself a chance to pray? Have I received, if it was possible, the Sacraments that He offers to me for my sanctification?

Nothing else in life can substitute for the divine power of the Sacraments; nothing can substitute for the unique role of the sacred liturgy and interior prayer, which are indispensable causes and conditions of spiritual growth. In a nutshell: if we want to grow spiritually, we have to make thesethings the axis on which our life turns.

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Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America who taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria, the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austria Program, and Wyoming Catholic College, which he helped establish in 2006. Today he is a full-time writer and speaker on traditional Catholicism whose work appears online at, among others, OnePeterFiveNew Liturgical MovementLifeSiteNewsThe Remnant, and Catholic Family News. He has published eighteen books, including Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass (Angelico, 2020), The Ecstasy of Love in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Emmaus, 2021), and Are Canonizations Infallible? Revisiting a Disputed Question (Arouca, 2021). His work has been translated into at least eighteen languages. Visit his website at www.peterkwasniewski.com.

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AS A RETIRED AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT WHO SERVED IN THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE IN WORLD WAR II I FEEL COMPELLED TO PUBLISH THIS LETTER OF CATHOLIC LEAGUE PRESIDENT BILL DONOHUE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY


Air Force Academy Falls For A Hoax

Posted on September 28, 2022 by abyssum



Catholic League president Bill Donohue sent the following letter to the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy today:
September 28, 2022
Lieutenant General Richard ClarkSuperintendent2304 Cadet Drive, Ste. 3300USAF Academy, CO 80840-5001
Dear Lt. Gen. Clark:
In my role as president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, I regularly address contemporary cultural issues that are of interest to the Catholic League’s constituency. I am writing to you because there is something going on at the Air Force Academy that merits a response.
To be specific, the Brooke Owens Fellowship is problematic on several levels. The problem is not that it discriminates against men—there are legitimate reasons to have programs that are exclusive to men, or to women—the issue is who qualifies for the program. The application form says it is targeted at “undergraduate women and gender minorities interested in aerospace.”
Gender minorities? Who are these people? The form says the following persons may apply: “cisgender woman, transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority.”
Why is the Air Force Academy peddling this fiction? There is no need to call women “cisgender women.” Nature, and nature’s God, have made it crystal clear that there are only two sexes: man and woman. Transgender women are men who for some psychological reason consider themselves to be a woman. They do not menstruate and they cannot get pregnant. If you have evidence that disputes this, please forward it to me.
I am serious in wanting to read the scientific evidence that proves I am wrong. I can assure you I will provide you with the scientific evidence that proves I am right.
The fiction doesn’t end there. There is no such person—in the history of the world—who is literally non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, or genderqueer. They are concepts made up by academics. They may exist on the blackboard, but in the real world they do not exist.
As a sociologist, I am well aware of the postmodern roots of transgenderism. It is a pernicious ideology that rejects the existence of truth. It is not based on scholarship, empirical evidence or data of any kind. Indeed, it defies reason. To be frank, it is a hoax.
I think you know that what I have said is true. The shame of it is that you have succumbed to pressure stemming from activists who have no interest in the noble mission of the Air Force Academy. As someone who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, I find your position irresponsible and indefensible.
Sincerely,

William A. Donohue, Ph.D.President
cc: Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff     Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force     Gen. Charles O. Brown, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff
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Air Force Academy Falls For A Hoax



Catholic League president Bill Donohue sent the following letter to the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy today:
September 28, 2022
Lieutenant General Richard ClarkSuperintendent2304 Cadet Drive, Ste. 3300USAF Academy, CO 80840-5001
Dear Lt. Gen. Clark:
In my role as president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, I regularly address contemporary cultural issues that are of interest to the Catholic League’s constituency. I am writing to you because there is something going on at the Air Force Academy that merits a response.
To be specific, the Brooke Owens Fellowship is problematic on several levels. The problem is not that it discriminates against men—there are legitimate reasons to have programs that are exclusive to men, or to women—the issue is who qualifies for the program. The application form says it is targeted at “undergraduate women and gender minorities interested in aerospace.”
Gender minorities? Who are these people? The form says the following persons may apply: “cisgender woman, transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority.”
Why is the Air Force Academy peddling this fiction? There is no need to call women “cisgender women.” Nature, and nature’s God, have made it crystal clear that there are only two sexes: man and woman. Transgender women are men who for some psychological reason consider themselves to be a woman. They do not menstruate and they cannot get pregnant. If you have evidence that disputes this, please forward it to me.
I am serious in wanting to read the scientific evidence that proves I am wrong. I can assure you I will provide you with the scientific evidence that proves I am right.
The fiction doesn’t end there. There is no such person—in the history of the world—who is literally non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, or genderqueer. They are concepts made up by academics. They may exist on the blackboard, but in the real world they do not exist.
As a sociologist, I am well aware of the postmodern roots of transgenderism. It is a pernicious ideology that rejects the existence of truth. It is not based on scholarship, empirical evidence or data of any kind. Indeed, it defies reason. To be frank, it is a hoax.
I think you know that what I have said is true. The shame of it is that you have succumbed to pressure stemming from activists who have no interest in the noble mission of the Air Force Academy. As someone who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, I find your position irresponsible and indefensible.
Sincerely,

William A. Donohue, Ph.D.President
cc: Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff     Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force     Gen. Charles O. Brown, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff
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THE BIDEN REGIME HAS GONE ALL IN ON WEAPONIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AGAINST CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS


This liberal attorney and Harvard Professor revealed why the Biden FBI’s actions are “so scary” for every American

The Biden regime has gone all in on weaponizing the Department of Justice and FBI against Republican voters.

But the lengths they’re willing to go to punish and silence Democrats’ political enemies aren’t just a threat to conservatives.

Now this liberal attorney and Harvard Professor revealed why the Biden FBI’s actions are “so scary” for every American.

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They’re not just after “Republican extremists”

Two weeks ago and just over a month after the Biden Department of Justice authorized the FBI’s third world, banana republic raid on former President Donald Trump’s home, the Biden regime also raided MyPillow founder and Trump supporter Mike Lindell.

That unprecedented escalation in Democrats’ war on Republican voters was cheered on by left-wing extremists across the nation, while others who aren’t Republicans simply looked the other way.

But while Democrats and the corporate-controlled media continue to justify the Biden regime’s efforts to imprison and silence any opposition to their authoritarianism, every Americans’ freedoms and rights are being shredded.

And now, liberal attorney and Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz is stepping up to fight this dangerous weaponization of the federal government against American citizens.

Despite being a registered Democrat who voted for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Dershowitz is now representing Lindell in his fight against the injustices committed by the Biden regime and FBI.

During a recent appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, Dershowitz revealed why he’s now fighting Democrats’ authoritarianism, and why the Biden FBI’s actions against Lindell are “so scary” for every innocent American.

“First of all, if they had done it to a Democrat, we would have every liberal Democrat, the ACLU, complaining bitterly,” Dershowitz told Tucker Carlson. “First they tracked him down. How would they know he was going to a Hardees’? Obviously they had to have some GPS or some tracking mechanism. We want to know whether they had a warrant for doing that.”

The FBI rushed Lindell while he was waiting in a Hardee’s drive-thru, leading many to wonder how far the Biden regime is going to illegally track their Republican targets without warrants.

But to make matters worse, at the time they surrounded Lindell, the Biden FBI also demanded his cell phone, which they apparently didn’t have a warrant to obtain either.

Shredding the Bill of Rights

As Dershowitz told Carlson, that gave them access to “everything,” including information protected by attorney-client privilege and the First Amendment, as well as information about those Lindell has communicated with, which again, they didn’t have a warrant for, apparently.

“Then if they had a warrant, they stopped him, they should have just asked him for the phone, subpoena the phone,” Dershowitz explained. “They had a subpoena at the same time, but it didn’t include his phone. See, if they had a subpoena, then it could have been challenged, but if they take the phone, then they get everything. They get lawyer client privilege material. They get business material. They get First Amendment protected material. They know who’s working along with Mike Lindell to try to do whatever he’s doing, which I disagree with about undoing the election.”

In the end, though, Dershowitz made clear that he disagrees with what Lindell allegedly did and said after the 2020 Presidential election in an effort to stop the certification of the results.

“I’m not representing Lindell because I agree with him at all,” Dershowitz admitted. “I’m representing Lindell in the same way that I would represent a liberal Democrat. For that I’m being highly criticized by people on the Left.”

But for him, this isn’t about Right or Left — it’s about the Constitution, and helping to ensure the rights and protections that are supposed to be afforded to every American aren’t completely destroyed and rendered meaningless at the hands of left-wing extremists hell-bent on political retribution.

“They say Trump is different — you can’t apply the Constitution to him,” he continued. “They said that when they detained 110,000 Japanese Americans, ‘this is different.’ This is said during McCarthyism, ‘this is different.’ They said it during the Vietnam war, ‘this is different.’ Now they’re saying it with Trump. It’s not different.”

Because as Dershowitz put it, if the Biden regime is allowed to get away with their unconstitutional, anti-American actions, it will establish a precedent that will eventually be used against every innocent American.

“If you deny Constitutional rights to anyone, the precedent lies around like a loaded gun, waiting to be picked up by an autocrat, waiting to be used on you and your family,” the liberal attorney concluded.

The Biden regime has ushered in dark days for America.

And unless the American people put an end to Democrats’ stranglehold on power, it’s only going to get worse.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Having problems reading this email? To read the news, visit LifeNews.com.Top Stories
 Mark Houck Pleads Not Guilty to Bogus Charges From Biden Administration
 Mark Houck’s Family Raises $250,000 for Legal Defense Against Joe Biden’s Persecution
 Congressman Chip Roy Slams FBI Raid on Pro-Life Advocate: “This is a Brazen Abuse of Power”
 Man Admits Shooting Elderly Pro-Life Woman, His Wife’s a Leftist Who Threatens ConservativesMore Pro-Life News Targeting of Peaceful Pro-Life Advocate is a Politically-Motivated Abuse of Federal Law
 Pro-Life Group Will Spend $78 Million to Get Millions of Pro-Life Americans to Vote
 Poll Shows Abortion Less Important for Voters as Economy Keeps Getting Worse
 Liberal Media Still Burying Political Murder of Republican Teen Cayler Ellingson
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Mark Houck Pleads Not Guilty to Bogus Charges From Biden Administration
Mark Houck’s Family Raises $250,000 for Legal Defense Against Joe Biden’s Persecution
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PRE-WORLD WAR II GERMANY REVISITED (IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA): MEET THE THIRD REICH GESTAPO REINCARNATED IN AMERICA’S FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

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This activist was just arrested by the FBI. Surprise: he’s not a liberal

During the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement, countless buildings were burned down, police stations overrun, and federal courthouses attacked and no one in the FBI batted an eye.

But now, a pro-life activist was just arrested by the FBI after a SWAT raid on his home.

It seems that this latest event is yet another attempt to stop and silence conservatives who disagree with Joe Biden’s radical agenda.

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Mark Houck arrested in front of his family

Mark Houck is a pro-life author and activist who speaks outside of abortion facilities in Philadelphia every week.

A father of seven, Houck was just ambushed by FBI SWAT team members in his home on Friday.

The charge? 

Supposedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act or FACE.

The 1994 act makes it a federal crime to physically block the entrance to a clinic or to use force to interfere with clinic workers and women seeking abortions.

Houck is a “sidewalk counselor” who offers his help and advice to patients visiting these abortuaries before they go inside. 

Every Wednesday, he drives two hours to Philadelphia abortion facilities, speaking anywhere from six to eight hours at a time.

Speaking in front of an abortion facility is hardly “blocking” it or using any type of force, yet somehow, the Department of Justice, who ordered the raid, seems to disagree.

Even worse is that the federal charges appear to stem from a lawsuit that was thrown out in court this summer, but it was picked back up by the DOJ and pursued.

Houck’s wife Ryan-Marie recalled an instance when her husband “shoved” a pro-abortion man away from his 12-year-old son.

The man accosted Houck and his son and began yelling vulgar insults, so it’s hardly a crime for Houck to defend himself and protect his child.

The assailant wasn’t injured during the scuffle, but he did try to sue Houck.

The FBI carried out a violent, terrorizing raid on Houck’s home

It hardly seems that violating the FACE act is worthy of having your home raided by a SWAT team with guns pointed at you and your family.

Yet that’s exactly what just happened this past Friday morning.

According to Houck’s wife, approximately 25 to 30 FBI agents swarmed their home and surrounded the house with rifles at the ready.

They began pounding on the door as Houck pleaded with the agents, telling them, “I have seven babies in the house.”

The agents kept yelling and pointed their guns straight at the family while telling the kids to go upstairs.

As you can imagine, it was a terrifying moment for Houck, his wife, and their seven children.

Even more egregious is when Houck’s wife asked if they had a warrant, they responded that “they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not.”

So, does this mean that the Fourth Amendment is no longer valid, or only when it doesn’t concern Democrats?

His wife accused the FBI of kidnapping, and then they showed her the first page of the warrant, which accused him of allegedly “attacking” a patient escort.

What is certain is that the Department of Justice is on the hunt for anyone who dares to push against the Left’s radical agenda, even if they didn’t commit an actual crime. 

US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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HOW DOES IT END????????????????????????????????

 Ukraine 

with a Whimper or a Bang?

Putin deserves what he’s getting,

but that moral and strategic victory is still

a very different story from America sliding into

a nuclear confrontation with a desperate autocrat.

By: Victor Davis Hanson

American Greatness

September 14, 2022

Russia started the war with Ukraine in late February with a shock-and-awe effort to grab Kyiv. It failed both to decapitate the government and absorb half the country in one fell swoop. 

Soon the conflict descended into a war of attrition in Eastern Ukraine over the occupied majority of Russian-speaking borderlands. 

That deadlock was eventually going to be resolved by relative morale, manpower, and supply.

Would the high-tech weaponry and money of the United States and Europe allow heroic Ukrainian forces to be better equipped than a larger Russian force—drawing on an economy 10 times greater and a population nearly four times larger than Ukraine’s?

After the latest sudden Ukrainian territorial gains and embarrassing Russian retreats, we now know the answer. 

Russia may be bigger and richer than Ukraine, but it is not up to the combined resources of the United States, along with the nations of NATO and the European Union. 

Most are now in a de facto proxy war with an increasingly overwhelmed Russia. And so far, a circumspect China has not stepped in to try to remedy the Russian dilemma. 

So, what will become the next, and most dangerous, stage III of the war? 

A heady Ukraine believes it now has the wherewithal to clear out the entire occupied Donbas and turn southward to free Crimea. To complete that agenda of rolling back all Russian aggression since 2014, it may step up hitting strategic targets across the Russian border and on the Black Sea.

Again, what will a nuclear Russia—run by an ailing, desperate autocrat—do when a far smaller Ukraine finally and deservedly humiliates her before a global audience?

Will Putin cut off all European energy supplies to force a European end to supplying Ukraine? 

Russia has all but done that. But so far Putin has gained little strategic advantage on the battlefield, despite current European fears of an impending bitter winter.

Will Putin go fully medieval on Ukraine, like the carnage in Chechnya when he leveled Grozny in 2000? 

But a European Ukraine is vast compared to tiny Chechnya. And the Chechens even without allies still withstood a decade of savage Russian brutality.

So how will Putin survive his self-created disaster that may have cost him nearly 100,000 casualties, and now risks losing him all the territorial advances from 2014? 

Will Russia mobilize its entire army, drop its silly euphemism “special military operation,” and finally try to crush Ukraine with a full Soviet-style assault? 

But that escalation might push an already restive Russian population into open and angry defiance. 

Can he just admit defeat, slink back home, and stop the massive Russian hemorrhaging? 

Yet can Putin take his chances that sacked generals, money-losing oligarchs, and the embarrassed Russian street will fear his bloodstained reach too much to neuter or remove him?

Will Putin instead keep declaring that Russia is not losing to Ukraine, but to the United States and NATO—even though the West is only doing to him what an opportunistic Russia once did to America in both its Vietnam and Afghanistan fiascos

Putin would then keep portraying himself and Russia as the victim of this conflict. He would drone on that the United States, by supplying the Ukrainians weapons, is now the “aggressor”—as our new proxy keeps hitting more targets inside Mother Russia, sinks more ships of the Black fleet, and assassinates more Russian generals. 

Putin’s only way to keep his cred, back up his dangerous brinkmanship, and retain power is apparently to play defender of Mother Russia and continue threatening the use of a tactical nuclear weapon—perhaps against the Ukrainian nuclear power complex or Kyiv itself.

That final gambit of an updated version of the Cuban missile crisis is something the American people need to stop simply discounting. Do our leaders know for certain that the man Joe Biden once dubbed a “killer” is merely yesterday’s empty bluffer?

Of course, Putin deserves all he is suffering. And the Ukrainians warrant the world’s thanks for repelling a brutal aggressor. 

But that moral and strategic victory is still a very different story from America sliding into a nuclear confrontation with a desperate autocrat. Do the American people support offering up their nuclear umbrella to a non-NATO, former Russian republic?

And not so long ago, the United States advantageously saw Russia as a useful triangulation to the greater threat of Chinese aggression.

Western agendas is that so far they in toto appear mutually exclusive.

Consequently, the question remains: How exactly does the United States all at once avoid the resumption of a Verdun-like, endless bloodbath on the Ukrainian-Russian border, reject any negotiated settlement until Ukraine unambiguously wins the war and expels every Russian from all its territory, prevent a wounded Putin from using a tactical nuclear weapon—and circumvent a head-to-head showdown with Russia and its 7,000 nukes?

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HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT THE CURRENT MESS OF THE CHURCH’S LITURGY


A More Realistic Appraisal of the Liturgical Movement and Its Destructive Descent

 Peter Kwasniewski, PhD September 21, 2022 0 Comments

On September 19, 2022, Church Life Journal published an article co-authored by John Cavadini, Mary Healy, and Thomas Weinandy—the first in a projected five-part series, “The Renewal of the Liturgy: Successes, Failures, and Contemporary Concerns.” In order to bring to the public a more realistic account of the issues at stake, OnePeterFive is pleased to share with readers the following slightly modified excerpt from chapter 2 of Dr. Kwasniewski’s book Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic BirthrightThis portion of the book has not been published online before.—TSF

Century after century, Holy Mother Church employed all her care in worshiping the Lord—from hidden gatherings of persecuted Christians to the grand basilicas of Constantine, within the great cathedrals of the Middle Ages and the ornate edifices of the Counter-Reformation, through the upheavals of modern Revolutions down to the eve of the Second Vatican Council. Always and everywhere, the holy mysteries were performed, venerated, and received in a continuum of Catholic faith accompanied by growing theological insight and spiritual devotion that matured into well-established rituals perfectly suited to their content and purpose.

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The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council celebrated the Tridentine Mass in all four sessions.[1] They did not vote to retire or abolish this form of Mass, or even to alter its most striking features: Latin as the primary language, Gregorian chant as the primary music, ample silence, the east as a common direction for all worshipers, overlapping hierarchical activity entrusted to male ministers, the temporal cycle in the calendar, Communion received kneeling and on the tongue, and so forth.

Noble patriarchs, wayward grandchildren

How, then, did we end up getting, in the late 1960s, a new Mass so different from the Mass prayed by the Church for so many centuries? The answer to that question is closely bound up with the influential “Liturgical Movement” of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This movement to rediscover the central place of the Church’s public worship in the Christian life can be described in terms of three distinct phases, although the boundaries from one to the next were somewhat fluid.

The first phase, exemplified by the pioneering figure Dom Prosper Guéranger (1805–1875) and his great work The Liturgical Year,[2] aimed at a better understanding and celebration of the inherited Roman liturgy through popular explanations and clerical-religious education. The leading idea was to take the treasures we already had and get to know and love them intimately. Guéranger often cited ancient sources to flesh out his commentaries, but without implying that the Church had erred in the medieval and post-medieval development of her liturgy, or that she should revert to these primitive models. This phase coincided with a blossoming of renewed monastic life.

The second phase—of which Dom Lambert Beauduin (1873–1960), Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster (1880–1954), Fr. Pius Parsch (1884–1954), and Fr. Romano Guardini (1885–1968) may be taken as representatives—was characterized by outstanding progress in historical, archaeological, linguistic, and theological research. It retained a profound respect for the wealth of tradition but sometimes spoke of medieval and Baroque “deviations” and showed a decided preference for what was (or, at times, was imagined by scholars to be) the most ancient—and therefore, presumably, most “authentic”—practice. This led certain individuals to dabble in experiments that conflicted with ecclesiastical legislation, e.g., celebrating Mass facing the people out of a conviction that this was how the Eucharist was originally celebrated by Christians.[3] The dangerous tendencies of this phase were called out by Pope Pius XII in his 1947 encyclical letter Mediator Dei.

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Despite the encyclical that was meant to put the brakes on, the Liturgical Movement entered a more radical third phase in the fifties and sixties, as more of its members indulged in pastoral experiments and crafted paraliturgies intended to “reach people where they’re at” and “get them involved.” Heavy liturgical reform of the general calendar, the rubrics, and the rites of Holy Week prior to the Second Vatican Council already announced that the attitude of respect for longstanding practice had lost its self-evident force. This third phase combined selective antiquarianism with a utilitarianism that sought above all “the people’s benefit,” understood in activist terms.

All three phases of the Liturgical Movement, be it noted, emphasized lay involvement. The first phase saw it primarily in terms of acquiring education: being initiated into a great tradition that one could explore for a lifetime yet never exhaust, and participating in the liturgy through prayerful engagement with the rites. The second phase strongly promoted the use of hand missals, devotional aids for living the Church year, and popular singing of plainchant. The third phase took an ideological turn, as prominent liturgists embraced the conviction that liturgy ought to be clear, comprehensible, accessible, verbal, linear, and group-oriented: modernized for Modern Man.

Paul VI lent his full papal support to the ideals and plans of this radical phase of the Liturgical Movement. When the ink was barely dry on the Council’s first approved document, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), the pope set up a body called the Consilium. The pope and the Consilium took Vatican II’s call for moderate reform as carte blanche for an unprecedented wholesale reconstruction of the Roman rite in every area—Mass, lectionary, calendar, Divine Office, sacraments, sacramentals, pontifical and papal ceremonies, and so forth. The controversial Vincentian priest and later archbishop Annibale Bugnini (1912–1982), who worked on a succession of schemes of liturgical reform at the Vatican from 1948 to 1975, could be described as the general contractor of this massive project of demolition and reconstruction.[4]

While we can admit that the reformers were responding to certain problems of their time, we see looking back from our present vantage that they were often mistaken in their theories, naïve in their assumptions, and callous in their pastoral approach. The qualities of easy rational accessibility, immediate verbal comprehension, and community-centeredness are surely desirable in some social situations, but there is ample reason to question whether they suit well the religious ceremonies by which man comes before the God who wrapped Himself on Mount Sinai with voices, flames, the sound of the trumpet, and a dark cloud, wrought wind, rent rocks, shook stone, and whispered words, who names Himself “I AM” and “dwells in light inaccessible”;[5] the worship that leads to communion with the God-Man Christ Who baffled His own mother and foster father, who unwithered a man’s hand and withered a fig tree, Who blessed little children, raised the dead, drove out merchants with a whip, and sweated blood;[6] the operation of the Spirit who moved upon the face of the waters, descended as a dove from opened heavens, and entered as a violent rushing wind, to rest on the apostles as tongues of fire.[7]

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Indeed, prominent voices in favor of liturgical reform, such as Fr. Louis Bouyer (1913–2004), subsequently expressed their regrets and dismay at much of what was done to and with the liturgy.[8] A close associate and disciple of Pius Parsch, Fr. Petrus Tschinkel of Klosterneuburg, admitted in an interview:

Now I can tell you that Pius Parsch would not at all have agreed with the changes of the post-conciliar era. That’s not what he wanted. Yes—(the liturgy) in the mother tongue. That is all, however. But also, the Mass as mystery, as a reality hic et nunc, here and now….  After the Second Vatican Council these liturgical forms are nothing but idling: only text after text. Not a trace of internal disposition nor of mystery.[9]

Fr. Tschinkel relates that Guardini, when he received the texts of the new liturgy, looked at them for a long time and then said: “Plumbers’ work!” (Klempnerarbeit).[10] Joseph Ratzinger renders a similarly negative judgment, though in more elegiac language:

The Liturgical Movement had in fact been attempting to… teach us to understand the Liturgy as a living network of Tradition that had taken concrete form, that cannot be torn apart into little pieces but has to be seen and experienced as a living whole. Anyone who, like me, was moved by this perception at the time of the Liturgical Movement on the eve of the Second Vatican Council can only stand, deeply sorrowing, before the ruins of the very things they were concerned for.[11]

In any case, we can say that history has moved on and the Church is now in a much different place than it was fifty years ago. If anything, the passage of decades has shown how urgently our traditional Roman liturgy responds to essential and universal human needs as well as needs peculiar to the postmodern era. Although a stubborn Old Guard of Bugninians remains ensconced in many a university chair and chancery office,[12] the energy is with the Ratzingerians, whose banner is Summorum Pontificum and whose motto is “what earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too.” As Dom Alcuin Reid observes:

the reality in the life of the Church at the beginning of the twenty-first century [is] that the usus antiquior is a living liturgical rite in which people—indeed significant and growing numbers of young people—participate fully, actually, consciously and fruitfully in a manner that would have brought great satisfaction to the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council and to the pioneers of the twentieth-century liturgical movement which preceded it.[13]

When Joseph Ratzinger called for a “new liturgical movement,”[14] he seems to have had in mind a new beginning, a movement characterized by the features of the first and healthiest phase, in which filial piety, grateful receptivity, and warm devotion are directed toward a rich heritage developed over twenty centuries of continuous worship—a tradition that should never have been rejected, and, happily, was never entirely forgotten or lost.[15]

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[1] The public meetings of the Council began with solemn liturgies, most often in the venerable Roman rite but also on occasion in various Eastern and non-Roman Western rites as well.

[2] Different publishers have kept this masterpiece in print over the years. The most recent edition: Dom Prosper Guéranger, OSB, The Liturgical Year, trans. by Dom Laurence Shepherd, OSB (Fitzwilliam, NH: Loreto Publications, 2017), 15 vols. Some sections may be found online.

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[3] We now know that this is not true and that the history is more complicated. For a good overview, see Fiedrowicz, Traditional Mass, ch. 7, “Direction of Prayer,” 141–52.

[4] For an excellent biography that also handily summarizes the liturgical fermentation and change from 1945–1975, see Yves Chiron, Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy, trans. John Pepino (Brooklyn, NY: Angelico Press, 2018). There was a short period during the Second Vatican Council when Bugnini was not working for the Vatican in an official capacity. He nevertheless remained in Rome, in close contact with all the major players, until he was reappointed as secretary of the Consilium.

[5] Cf. Ex 20:18–21; 1 Kg 19:11–12; 1 Tim 6:16.

[6] Lk 2:43; Mt 12:13, Mt 21:19; Mk 10:16, Jn 11:43, Jn 2:15, Lk 22:44.

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[7] Gen 1:2; Mt 3:16; Acts 2:2–3.

[8] See The Memoirs of Louis Bouyer: From Youth and Conversion to Vatican II, the Liturgical Reform, and After, trans. John Pepino (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2015), 218–25.

[9] See Wolfram Schrems, “The Council’s Constitution on the Liturgy: Reform or revolution?,” Rorate Caeli, May 3, 2018.

[10] Ibid. The German colloquialism means work done in a hasty, slipshod way, with inadequate care, and botched results. The reference to a hack plumber doing a mechanical job carries the implication that the reform of the liturgy was approached like the fixing, cutting, adapting, or welding of pieces of metal pipe, rather than as a subtle work of skill on a delicate living reality that would require holiness, discretion, and learning. Klempnerarbeit might also convey in this case a lack of aesthetic value in the misnamed “reforms.”

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[11] Preface to Alcuin Reid, The Organic Development of the Liturgy: The Principles of Liturgical Reform and Their Relation to the Twentieth-Century Liturgical Movement Prior to the Second Vatican Council, 2nd ed. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005), 11.

[12] Notable figures who staunchly support the liturgical reform of Paul VI include Bugnini’s quondam secretary Archbishop Piero Marini (b. 1942), Msgr. Kevin Irwin (b. 1946), Fr. John Baldovin, SJ (b. 1947), Andrea Grillo (b. 1961), Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB (b. 1963), and Massimo Faggioli (b. 1970).

[13] “The older form of the Roman rite is alive and well,” The Catholic World Report, April 3, 2020.

[14] Milestones: Memoirs 1927–1977, trans. Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998), 149.

[15] See Fr. Thomas M. Kocik, Singing His Song: A Short Introduction to the Liturgical Movement, rev. and expanded ed. (Hong Kong: Chorabooks, 2019); cf. “The New Liturgical Movement: Urgent Care for a Sick Church,” in Kwasniewski, Noble Beauty, 89–112.

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Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America who taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria, the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austria Program, and Wyoming Catholic College, which he helped establish in 2006. Today he is a full-time writer and speaker on traditional Catholicism whose work appears online at, among others, OnePeterFiveNew Liturgical MovementLifeSiteNewsThe Remnant, and Catholic Family News. He has published eighteen books, including Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass (Angelico, 2020), The Ecstasy of Love in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Emmaus, 2021), and Are Canonizations Infallible? Revisiting a Disputed Question (Arouca, 2021). His work has been translated into at least eighteen languages. Visit his website at www.peterkwasniewski.com.

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Wow! Even Francis Apologist Catholic Herald isn’t making up excuses for their Beloved Francis’s “Abandoning Zen” to the Altar of his Beloved “Democratic” Communist Totalitarian China

How I (mostly) stopped worrying and learned to love Pope Francis…

Catholic Herald

Pope Francis: ‘Hypocrisy in the Church is particularly detestable’

… Catholic Herald

Even the Francis apologist Catholic Herald isn’t making up excuses for their beloved Francis’s “abandoning Zen” to the altar of his beloved “democratic” Communist China:

Returning from Kazakhstan, Pope Francis – who made very accommodating comments about China and argued “there is a dialogue commission that is going well”, and Parolin “is the person right now who knows the most about China and dialogue with the Chinese” – only briefly touched on Zen.

Having said he does “not identify with” designating China as undemocratic, the Pope said of Zen “he says what he feels, and you can see that there are limitations”. Despite this, other clerics have spoken up for Zen and somewhat shamed the Pontiff.

As UCA News reported, German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller expressed dismay over the Vatican’s silence on China’s abuses and Zen’s imminent “unfair” trial. Müller – a former prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – made the remarks in an interview with Il Messengero. 

During a recent consistory, the German prelate said no senior Vatican official or even the Pope mentioned Zen, with “no solidarity document, no prayer initiative for him”. Müller believes the CCP deal undermines the possibility of support for Zen, warning the deal “does not serve the interests of the Holy See and the Vatican State to the ecclesial dimension and the truth”.

Cardinal Müller said the Church should be less bound to worldly logic of power, more able to intervene and, if necessary, criticise politicians who undermine human rights: “why not criticise Beijing”, he blasted, warning that – when needed – the Church should “criticise the powerful of this world”.

With a 48-hour breather, at least, the Pope now has the chance to make amends. With even the Wall Street Journal accusing him of abandoning Zen, and offering no support, how can the Pope and those around him not see that it is the right thing to do to defend Zen? [https://catholicherald.co.uk/pope-francis-has-24-hours-to-do-the-right-thing/]

For some reason this makes me remember when Francis didn’t do the “right thing” by slapping the Asian woman at the Vatican and thus making worldwide headlines, but most forget that she was apparently according to the Fr. Z website distraught about Francis’s beloved “democratic” China’s totalitarian suppression of free Hong Kong. 

His post had an Asian commenter Disc-Thrower from a Asian “multiethnic city” say her language isn’t any of seven Asian languages he knows and “wondered if” it was heavily accented “Spanish or Italian?” and he said she said “Hong Kong es… .”  

As the Fr. Z’s headline appeared to put it the “distraught woman [was]… plead[ing]” for Francis to support Hong Kong, despite the pro-China Francis refusal to condemn the Chinese Communist regime’s puppets in Hong Kong who are brutally manhandling and arresting the Hong Kong freedom protesters. 

Was the distraught women worried that Francis would betray Hong Kong like he betrayed the Chinese Catholic underground? 

It appears that Francis’s China deal was a cold-blooded betrayal.


Francis is appointing Communist regime operatives as bishops is a de facto endorsement of the Chinese totalitarianism.

In 2017, Cardinal Joseph Zen before Christmas said:

“China’s underground Church… feels betrayed.”


Francis’s Vatican has “demanded the retirement of one bishop and the demotion of another” so that Communist totalitarian controlled state bishops can get control of the underground Chinese Church.

The National Review’s Michael Dougherty reported what this Vatican betrayal means to the Chinese Catholics in quoting a Chinese underground pewsitter witness to the Communist regime’s reign of terror:

“Everybody, and I mean everybody, knows someone who was murdered, or tortured, or disappeared to defend the principle that was just abandoned.”
(National Review, “The Vatican’s Deal with China: What to make of Cardinal Parolin’s Diplomacy,” January 23, 2017)

Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong in 2016 said the Francis “diplomacy” is like betraying Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus to the murderous Herod.

Cardinal Zen said:

“[T]oday would our diplomats advise Joseph to go and humbly beg for dialogue with Herod!”

Pray an Our Father now for the sins of Francis’s Amoris Laetitia.

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He wants you to do now and next. In this silence remember God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost – Three Divine Persons yet One God, has an ordered universe where you can know truth and falsehood as well as never forget that He wants you to have eternal happiness with Him as his son or daughter by grace. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet.

Francis Notes:

– Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

“[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”

(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said “the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church.”

[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

– “If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

– “Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 –  LifeSiteNews, “Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers,” December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows “sexually active adulterous couples facing ‘complex circumstances’ to ‘access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'”

–  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

“The AAS statement… establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense.”

– On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

“Francis’ heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents.”

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes: 

– Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: “212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted…Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden” [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

– Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times “Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003”: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html

– Tucker Carlson’s Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written” according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1

– A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020:

http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1

What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: “Anitfa ‘Agent Provocateurs‘”:

http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1

Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God’s Will and to do it.

Pray an Our Father now for America.

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